The Politics of Ebola

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Chiquita is at the Table

Good morning, breakfastpoppers. Today is Tuesday, October 28, 2014. Our noisy, but beloved, friend Chiquita Cicada is at the breakfast table this morning. She is quite proud of Governor Christie for standing up to the Obama administration and putting the safety of New Jersey residents before politics or the inane dictates coming out of Washington. Chiquita has requested the pleasure of your company at breakfast this morning. She is serving a crustless quiche accompanied by some spicy Bloody Marys. We hope to see you soon.

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Common Sense Precautions

Thank you all for coming this morning. I want to take this opportunity to thank Governor Chris Christie for doing his best to protect the citizens of New Jersey from the scourge of Ebola. Several other governors acted as well, but I am concentrating on Governor Christie because breakfastpop and I are residents of New Jersey. The good governor instituted a quarantine policy for people returning from West Africa. Immediately, the White House put all the pressure they could muster to get him to back off this course of action. One can only surmise that the health and well-being of New Jersey residents is not at the top of President Obama's list of priorities. It appears that politics is the name of the game, and for reasons almost impossible to imagine, Ebola must make a great talking point. Admittedly, Gov. Christie decided to send the potential carrier of Ebola back to Maine, but that is probably a good thing. Let the governor of Maine figure out what to do with her.

The nurse who was quarantined, Kaci Hickox, complained the entire short time she was in quarantine, threatening law suits. While I applaud her desire to help the people of West Africa, I deplore her complete indifference to the people of New Jersey and beyond. That is one hell of a bad attitude for a health care professional.


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Making Matters Worse

The Obama administration seems intent upon upping the ante when it comes to Ebola. Sending U.S. soldiers into West Africa is absolutely insane and unprecedented. Can you imagine the fear the families of these soldiers must be feeling knowing that their loved ones are going into the unknown to fight a war that they weren't trained to fight? Despite assurances from the Obama administration there is still great concern among military families. Thus far between 4,000 and 5,000 people have died from Ebola in West Africa. Clearly, the epidemic is not under control. It is highly unlikely that this effort by the military would do anything to stem the tide of the disease. The soldiers time would be better spent enforcing our immigration laws and protecting United States citizens from intruders at our borders bringing in disease, crime and terror.

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An Open Invitation

The Democratic Republic of the Congo experienced an outbreak of Ebola in July. The Obama administration has allowed at least 1,900 refugees from the disease stricken nation to enter our nation, Blood tests and urine tests for these detainees are required, but they will not detect Ebola. This particular strain of Ebola is different from the one ravaging West Africa. It is safe to say that the U.S. knows very little about it. Once again the Obama administration goes gone out of its way to put Americans in harms way.


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A Botched Response

A majority of the American people want the federal government to stop all flights from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. The Obama administration doesn't care what we think as evidenced by his strong armed tactics with the governors who took measures to protect the citizens of their states. Perhaps he wants to become known as the man who saved Africa. If that is the legacy he is yearning for, he is failing miserably. Africans are not pleased with what they perceive as a lack of action on his part. President Obama should be more concerned about what the America people think of him. At the moment, they don't think very highly of his presidency and with good reason. Under his leadership, and I use the term loosely, we have experienced scandal after scandal. lie upon lie and the American people no longer trust government. President Obama has exceeded his authority time and time again, and placed the welfare of our nation at the bottom of the pile. He has surrounded himself with people who are incompetent at mostly everything but lying. The CDC has failed to deal with the threat of Ebola in any meaningful way, and the White House has failed to come up with a protocol that makes any sense.


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Let the States Lead

The only thing left for Americans is to demand that their governors do everything possible to protect their rights. The federal government is depriving Americans of their freedom, keeping us vulnerable because of its refusal to obey the immigration laws on the books. Perhaps it is time for the governors of the border states to call up the National Guard and close down the borders. President Obama, under his own authority, left them open and in doing so he has placed us all in jeopardy. At the same time, every state should adopt strict quarantine laws despite what the no-nothing CDC says. The Congress is dead in the water, the administration is out to lunch, so let the governors do the right thing. I am sure the American people will back them up. I know I will.....


Chiquita's Song

I'm Chiquita Cicada and I'm here to say

I wish the Obama administration would fade away!


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Old Poolman 23 months ago from Rural Arizona

Chiquita - Here you go again trying to apply "bug" logic to what humans do. Your "bug" world is far more structured than the human world and you will never be able to make sense of anything our politicians do.

Think about the insanity of using a deadly disease for political gain and I'm sure that will be beyond your "bug" level of comprehension.

Recent man-in-the-street interviews proved we have many low-information types who don't even know what Ebola is, and have no idea that a few in this country have died or become infected.

I have no idea what the information pipeline is in your "bug" world, but it must be far superior to the one in the human world.


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Tom Whitworth 23 months ago from Moundsville, WV

Pop and Chiquita,

I agree totally with your position. I'm sure Gov. Christie is gratified that the Army commanding general in West Africa is instituting a quarantine policy on returning soldiers to protect them, their families and the public as is their duty.

Is the new "political hack" czar hiding under his desk? I haven't heard anything from this idiot.


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Old Poolman 23 months ago from Rural Arizona

The "Ebola Czar" is merely working on damage control for this administration. He is not really interested in what to do about a possible epidemic in this country. I doubt we will hear anything from him until after the election is over.


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billybuc 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

The whole thing is a mess and has been handled very poorly. To make matters worse, there seems to be an effort to panic people...ebola is nasty stuff, but with common sense it does not have to spread any further. Let's concentrate a little more on problems we face daily, for years, and quit panicking the public over this. I totally agree with you..stop sending people over there, and tighten up restrictions on allowing anyone from those countries into the United States.


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breakfastpop 23 months ago Author

Dear Mike,

I guess you are correct. The bugs in my world pay attention to current events and dig deeper to get the facts. We don't appreciate being dismissed as unimportant or bypassed for not being relevant. I respectfully suggest that you humans get up to speed. Your lives depend upon it. Clearly, Obama has a planned escape route to head for when he finally brings down America. I'll see you at the Inn and drinks are on this bug.


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breakfastpop 23 months ago Author

Dear Tom,

We haven't hear a word from this unqualified fool either. It is amazing how far Obama goes to appoint complete incompetents! I'll see you at the Inn and drinks are on me.


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breakfastpop 23 months ago Author

Dear Mike,

Politicizing Ebola is vile!!!!


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breakfastpop 23 months ago Author

Dear billy,

It is amazing how far a little common sense can go. It is equally discouraging how little common sense is around. I know longer believe anything I hear, and it is almost impossible to function that way. I'll be at the Inn awaiting your arrival.


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maven101 23 months ago from Northern Arizona

Hickox did not receive the hero treatment she thought she deserved, and decided to whine about it. This strange combination of altruism and arrogance flies in the face of the health care professional's dictum; first, do no harm...

Christie responded to what Americans have been asking for; the common sense implementation of quarantine for returning health care workers that have been exposed to the Ebola virus in Africa...To address the complaints from these folks, Christie, and others, need to get their spin doctors to recast this as a three week vacation for health workers returning from Ebola hot zones, since we appreciate their work...Judging from Christie's generous girth, I would think his pantry would contribute nicely to their stay...

See you at the Inn, love those spicy Bloody Marys...


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breakfastpop 23 months ago Author

Good Morning, maven

Clearly, we cannot count on health care professionals to behave in a professional manner. The doctor who returned from West Africa, rode the subway, went bowling and slept with his girlfriend. Christie did the right thing. I just heard this morning that President Ebola is thinking of bringing Ebola patients into the U.S. Can it get any worse? By the way, Christie lost 82 pounds~ See you at the Inn, maven.


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WillStarr 23 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

There should be no political slant to this, but there is one and Barack Obama created it by failing to block those coming from the affected countries because it might appear racist. Then he compounded the error by failing to order quarantines for those at risk, and then appointing a political spin doctor with zero medical experience as the 'Ebola Czar".

No wonder Democrat candidates are refusing to be seen with Obama or to even mention his name! He's now toxic, and it's self-inflicted.


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Old Poolman 23 months ago from Rural Arizona

WillStarr - It is all about votes and that is all. How a fatal disease can become a political football is beyond my comprehension. Every decision and action taken by this administration is about getting votes. They have no regard at all for what the damage will be to America. If it will buy them a few votes they just do it.


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tsadjatko 23 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

And Will he created it by doing what he ALWAYS does, waiting until a situation becomes a crisis before doing ANYTHING to protect us. Syria, Isis, Benghazi, Ebola you name it he has no clue what his job actually is...he thinks it is to raise money for election campaigns, fiddling around "while Rome burns."

Bpop, your hubs really bug me :-)


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Old Poolman 23 months ago from Rural Arizona

Any well managed business or organization rarely suffers a crisis. This is do to good planning and management skills. I wish we could say the same about our government who seems to create one crisis after the other.


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WillStarr 23 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

BTW, there's a news report out of Lansing that eight people in Michigan are currently being monitored for ebola:

http://www.wlns.com/story/27150141/reports-ebola-m...


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Minnetonka Twin 23 months ago from Minnesota

Hi Pop and Chiquita-I am very disgusted with how this Ebola situation is being handled. Firstly, I think we deserve being protected by not having people coming and going from West Africa to the states-Secondly, leave our military out of this-thirdly, I wish the media would quit making this situation worse by scaring people-Anyhoo, thanks for the informative hub.


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maven101 23 months ago from Northern Arizona

And we have two more years of this empty suit president...Obama's stunning stupidity is only matched by his naively incompetent staff...Where are the grownups..?


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tsadjatko 23 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

grownups? believe it or not most of them voted for him. We need to redefine grown ups.

Will I think we are redefining the meaning of 21 also. Are you 21 yet? No a couple more days.


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breakfastpop 23 months ago Author

Dear WillStarr,

Honestly, I am very concerned about what President Ebola's motives are. He is now determined to bring West Africans infected with Ebola into the U.S. Who is he answering to? See you at the Inn. Pack a bag. We may have to make an escape.


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breakfastpop 23 months ago Author

Dear tsadjako,

President Ebola is totally incompetent. His goals are anti-Amarican, his skills are pathetic and he hasn't a clue about anything. I can't help believing that he has a great escape plan when he destroys us forever. See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 23 months ago Author

Dear Mike,

Progressives just love a crisis. It furthers their cause.


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breakfastpop 23 months ago Author

Dear Will Starr,

And now it begins... There is a reason this is happening , and his name is Obama. See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 23 months ago Author

Dear Minnetonka Twin.

I agree. Forget the media, they are biased and incompetent. Forget the federal government, they are biased and incompetent. We need to fend for ourselves. See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 23 months ago Author

Dear maven

There are very few grownups around, but they are not in Congress. This insanity needs to be stopped and we need to impeach this lunatic. After we impeach Obama , we need to impeach Congress. Shame on them.


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Perspycacious 23 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

Tidying for Pop to handle: "Once again the Obama administration goes gone out of its way to put Americans in harms way."

Worse than his sending of American military, he has chosen to send the cream of the crop fighting unit he could need on a moment's notice to handle what they were actually trained to handle!

Why not military engineers, quartermasters, etc.?

Just a knee jerk reaction, or more precisely a "jerk" reaction!


Pino Krisio 23 months ago

POP: My friend just returned from Africa. She was on safari in Kenya, and flew on Air Ethopia. Before she left, I told her I would not see her for 21 days after her return. She thought I was crazy; however, on her flight back, there was a family of missionaries who were in Liberia on her flight. She no longer thought I was crazy. Mandatory isolation for returning Americans is not too much to ask. As for Kaci, she is a trouble maker, looking for her 15 minutes of fame. Well, she got it! Now, if she gets ebola, good luck to her, and all she is coming into contact with.

I'm off to the bar, where it is safe (I have a bouncer at the entrance who is checking passports)..... I must keep all breakfastpoppers healthy


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breakfastpop 23 months ago Author

Good Morning Perspycacious,

Thanks so much for the edit. I appreciate all the help I can get. In my view, he shouldn't be sending the military at all. They are not trained for this type of work and bringing them home will be a problem. I can only assume this president enjoys creating problems. He certainly isn't creating any solutions. See you at the Inn.\


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breakfastpop 23 months ago Author

Good Morning Pino,

Your friend did the right thing. This nurse is out to make a point and from what I have read her lawyer has ties to the WH and Al Sharpton. Need I say more? I'll see you at the Inn. It may be the best place for us in this crazy world.


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teaches12345 22 months ago

Americans don't think highly of him but still he continues to reign. I like your thoughts, "Once again the Obama administration goes gone out of its way to put Americans in harms way." That is the truth!


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breakfastpop 22 months ago Author

Dear teaches,

The mid-term elections are enlightening. Apparently, Americans were paying attention. Lets hope for the change we really need. See you at the Inn.

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